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Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog Hardcover – December 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1St Edition edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451635966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451635966
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best kind of nonfiction -- an impossible-to-put-down true life story."
--San Francisco Chronicle


“Briskly written. . . a moving portrait of a relationship between battle buddies that transcends gender and species.”
-- Washington Post

“This is a truly heartwarming and moving story.” —Hollywood Reporter

“Packed with colorful characters and dramatic incidents, Sergeant Rex is a moving story of true grit cast seamlessly amidst tough realism, rich, insightful detail and mutual respect.” —Seattle Kennel Club


“A first-rate buddy story from the front lines of the Iraq war.”
--Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Mike Dowling enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001. He was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his Iraq operations with his dog, Rex. He is currently serving with a Marine Corps rehabilitation unit in Los Angeles.
Damien Lewis has reported from war and conflict zones and aid and conservation projects for twenty years for the BBC, CNN, and many other news organizations. He is the author of a number of books on elite military operations and coauthor of several acclaimed memoirs.

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A great story about a man and his do.
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Mike Dowling's book about Sergeant Rex is a realistic account of a Marine Corps.
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I read this book in 1 day and could not put it down!
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By JJ Schwartz on January 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read my share of dog as man's best friend books. Especially the books that show the powerful bonding between handlers and their military working dogs (MWD). I've watched videos of interviews with dog handlers that had to leave their dogs behind when they returned home, especially after Vietnam. Their stories of sacrifice by both dog and handler, shared affection and feelings of betrayal by the handler when he had to leave his dog behind are heart rending. This book is one of the best. In part because it has a happy ending for Rex in spite of the horrific experiences that they had sniffing out IEDs and waiting for a sniper to take either or both of them 'out.' What was surprising to me though was though I thought that I knew a fair amount about dogs I still learned more. Great book.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bren on December 19, 2011
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I picked up Sargeant Rex expecting it to me a story about one man and his dog. About friendship and loyalty and the occasional heart wrenchin moment. Well a couple of chapters in I was very surprised, yes it a story about a man, A marine and his dog, but its story about war and combat and how 2 soldiers worked side by side to protect a nation left in rubble after war. Mike talks about Rex like any other Marine, and has you read the book you feel that way too, stopping at times to think, whoa, this is a dog he is talkin about. I have a new found respect for the working dog now. Dont pick up this book expecting it to me an war story, its not! its a friendship story set during war. What Mike goes through to protect his dog is nothing short of heroic and lets not forget about Rex here and what he goes through to protect the marines of company 2/2 is more than heroic its inspirational. Great book, great read, great story..lets hope it makes a good movie.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Irishboy on December 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The bond between a soldier and his dog is told in this amazing story. From the training as a puppy to the combat zone. You will feel every emotion possible as you pass each chapter and wait in eager anticipation for the next chapter. My props go out to Mike Dowling and not just his amazing cander and his relationship with his working dog Rex, but also for serving our country and the insight he provides with his comrades and the experiences they go through on a daily basis as they fight for our freedom.

This is a MUST read for people young and old, everyone whether you like to read or not will love this story. Thanks again Mike and Rex.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By US Military K-9 Fund on January 6, 2012
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Recently, we adopted a retired military working dog named MWD Fama H176. She is nine years old this month. She served two tours in Iraq. This wonderful book gives us an idea of what she must have gone through. Thankfully, she seems to have adjusted to civilian life without PTSD! Thank you, Mike Dowling, for giving us your story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K9 Geren on January 5, 2012
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I went to K9 School with Dowling and got to see first hand the potential that he had right from the start. It has been an honor to know him and continue our reminising of the days that have passed. Thank you for spreading the word to let those in on the bond we handlers have with our dogs. K9 for Life!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Bembenek on January 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book was entertaining, informative and well-written, but even more, it
appealed to me emotionally since I love dogs. Dowling and his military working
dog were at the heart of war zones, detecting explosives and weapons
to help keep our troops (and also civilians) safe from the insurgents.
It made for many interesting stories, which kept my interest throughout.
I learned a lot about how the canines are trained and what they are
capable of, something many of us are interested in since military dogs
have been in the news with the capture of Osama Bin Laden last year.
It was also nice getting to know Dowling: his thoughts, background and
feelings as he faced these dangers in the book.

My only disappointment was that after all of that bonding, many instances
of cheating death, hours of training and so forth, he ended the book by
simply saying he had decided against reinlisting and that Rex had gone
on to other deployments with other handlers. I would have liked to have
known how he felt about leaving his dog in the hands of others, and
whether or not Rex was available for adoption by any of the handlers he
so loved and respected after he retired. I guess I am saying the story
ended a bit abruptly. Still, I admittedly loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By taco mom on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a story of love, loyalty and true dedication. The bond between Mike and his brave dog Rex is one that will never be broken. This book isn't just about the experience of war it's about the many hours of training that it takes with a handler and his dog to become an elite military dog team. This is a must read for everyone if they truly want to understand what our soldiers (including canines) encountered while serving in Iraq.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adrie on December 14, 2011
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Fabulous storytelling that captures the emotion of the experience, draws you into the scene, and makes you feel like Rex IS your pup.

This is a very inspiring story about fear, courage, and above all, loyalty.

Makes this cat lady want to get a dog. ;)
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